Although Europe is known for its generous time off, a new survey shows that executives in this country are the epitome of hustle culture.
According to a new report from health insurer Bupa Global, four in ten French executives stated they worked long, consistent hours — besting rates seen in China, the UK and the US.
The survey also showed French leaders experienced the most work performance anxiety as well, citing concerns over the economic climate and hesitancy with remote work models.
“This combination of external economic pressures and tendency to take responsibilities upon themselves could contribute to French executives binge working the most,” said Anthony Cabrelli, managing director of Bupa Global.
Compared to its global counterparts, France’s work norms are lax. Most blue-collar and service workers operate under a 35-hour work week, while holidays can last one month. The country also became the first in Europe to pass a “right to disconnect” law, prohibiting companies from contacting staff outside of specific hours.